DJO: the Prototype

DJO represents – among other things – a major opportunity to concentrate five distinct and valuable groups of users (together, more than a million strong) on a single site.

However, user-feedback and problems will need to be gauged and identified at an early stage: testing design and functionality is essential in any large-scale digitisation project. DJO will thus build from a Prototype (roughly 5% of the size of the main site) to be ‘test driven’ in schools, museums and libraries in the South East.

Contents

  • From Volume IX of Household Words (February-August 1854; 13 out of 26 weekly issues), containing among other items, the first seven instalments of Hard Times by Charles Dickens (serial novel).
  • From Volume IX of All the Year Round (February-August 1863; 13 out of 26 weekly issues), containing among other items, part of Series 2 of “The Uncommercial Traveller” by Charles Dickens (essays), and part of Very Hard Cash by Charles Reade (serial novel).
  • Basic and Advanced Search facility
  • Contents pages with authors’ names (where known) linking to author profiles, biography and bibliography
  • Learning journeys for schools
  • Complementary scholarly materials for undergraduates, postgraduates and HE academics

Rationale

The prototype will offer some very well known material of interest to all user groups, as well as some lesser-known glories, to showcase the value of digitising the full run of the journals, rather than ‘cherry-picking’ only high-profile material. With much of the latter still remaining, plus more unknown gems to be revealed, the Prototype will clearly establish the benefit to users and backers of DJO of carrying on to digitise the whole series on the same basis.

Benefits of our location

Editing over forty volumes of mixed fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the highest standards of accuracy and scholarship represents a major challenge. DJO‘s location at the University of Buckingham offers benefits to help meet the challenge:

  • The University has invested £1K in a full, clean set of Dickens’s journals for the purpose of digitisation
  • The University has agreed to make a limited number of research studentships available to facilitate the process of editing and ‘metadata input’
  • The team is within easy access of research facilities at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), The British Library, and The British Newspaper Library (London); also within easy access of technical assistance from HEDS (Hatfield, Herts)
  • As first University Director of the University of Buckingham Press Ltd (a new venture in e-publishing and print-on-demand), DJO‘s project leader John Drew is ideally placed to transfer the latest industry skills to the project

Enquiries

All enquiries about funding the Prototype, participating in the piloting and test-driving of the site, or advertising within it, please contact djo@buckingham.ac.uk.

Images from the prototype

A page from Household Words with transcribed text

A page from Household Words with transcribed text

An extract from A Tale of Two Cities, serialised in All The Year Round, with a clip from the 1935 film

An extract from A Tale of Two Cities, serialised in All The Year Round, with a clip from the 1935 film

An extract from Great Expectations, serialised in All The Year Round, with a clip from the 1917 film

An extract from Great Expectations, serialised in All The Year Round, with a clip from the 1917 film

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